Platinum members of the Under 40 CEOs community are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19 by innovating, supplementing or bridging visible gaps at this time. We are indeed proud of the work they are doing at this time. Thank you for all you do.
Dr Ola Brown is the founder of Nigerian company Flying Doctors. Based in Lagos, Dr Brown noticed that there were a number of issues with regards to testing in a densely-populated country that has seen worryingly high numbers of infections among its frontline health workers.
In a bid to reduce further draining the already limited health sector funding on expensive and often scarce personal protective equipment (PPE), whilst also reducing the risk of infection to health care workers, Flying Doctors has rolled out 12 low-cost mobile testing booths in five Nigerian states to date.
“We already have so few health care workers in the country, so protecting them from infection is incredibly important,” said Dr Brown.
“There’s no direct contact between the health worker in the booth and those being administered with the test outside. Between tests, a hygienist just disinfects the heavy duty gloves and then you can move onto the next test, so you don’t need to keep providing new PPE and the health worker stays safe,” she added.
See story on the World Health Organisations website here
The Managing Director of the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, Senyo Hosi is leading the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana. He is the Managing Trustee of The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, an initiative by private business people who set it up with a seed fund of GHS 1 million while campaigning to raise at least GHS 100 million from local and international businesses as well as the general public to aid the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana.
Their first project – the construction of an infectious disease isolation and treatment centre at the Ga East Hospital in Accra. The facility is due for completion by the end of May. Once completed, the fully-equipped facility will become the main treatment centre for critically ill COVID-19 victims in Ghana.
The Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund hopes to construct similar facilities in Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale. For more on how Senyo Hosi is supporting the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana, click here.
CEO of Empire Mates Entertainment and Founder of restaurant, Sooyah Bistro, Bankole Wellington, known in the show business circles as Banky W and the Lekki Food Bank fed the less privileged during the lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria.
The initiative received applause from Nigerians and the recipients who were primarily residents in Lagos communities including Lekki, Oniru and Maruwa community.
Banky has also utilized his voice and leveraged his platform to mobilize individuals and businesses to join the effort to feed those who are unable to fend for themselves at this time.
By the 24th of April, 2020, over 8,000 meals had been served by Lekki Food Bank. See more by clicking here.
We trust you are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that you do not expose yourself to the virus by firstly staying at home and going out only in the case of emergencies; if out, you must practice social distancing; also be sure to wash your hands properly with soap and water every chance you get and endeavor to keep your hands away from your face, especially your nose, eyes and mouth.
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